With our tough run-in to the Premier League and the Europa League, we need many of our top players fit, and there was some good news on Yohan Cabaye today, although over the weekend Alan Pardew had said the French midfielder had half a chance to play against Wigan on Sunday, but unfortunately he didn’t make the squad.
Yohan Cabaye – trains tomorrow with French squad
The France manager Didier Deschamps says he expects Yohan to begin training tomorrow, although he did not train with the French squad today, for their upcoming European Qualifying games on Friday against Georgia and then next Tuesday they have a tough game against Spain.
The news yesterday from Alan Pardew was that the hamstring pull that Mathieu Debuchy suffered on Sunday was not too bad, as Alan had this to say:
“We’re sending him to France.” “He’s in the squad, and it’s their right to assess him.” “I don’t there’ll be much conclusion other than for him to come back. Hopefully, for Manchester City.” “We don’t think it’s a particularly bad one.”
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Moussa Sissoko are both in the French squad, and as expected Debuchy has now been released from the squad, and Marseille’s Rod Fanni is his replacement.
Mathieu showed some smarts when he felt the hamstring go against Wigan, and he he came straight off, and how many times have players kept on playing and made the injury worse – so Mathieu may now even be able to make the Manchester City game – which is good news.
And because we slipped up at Wigan, under very unfortunate circumstances, we must now try to get something out of the game at the Etihad Stadium, and it’s not like City have been in great form lately.
And we need Yohan back, so let’s hope he comes through the Internationals okay, and that goes for Yanga-Mabiwa and Moussa Sissoko too.
We’ve lost Ben Arfa for the season, and probably also 20 year-old Massadio Haidara, although we are still to hear the official prognosis on the Frenchman – and we are hoping for best, and that the injury is not as bad as has been feared.
And we have to hear some updates on goalkeeper Tim Krul and captain Fabricio Coloccini, who is still back in Argentina.
It would be good to get an update from Alan Pardew on the status of Tim and Fabricio – we need them both fit and ready to go as soon as possible – and it looks like Yohan and Mathieu could make our next important league game.
A win at Manchester City would make up for the disappointment at Wigan.
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